Ugh…is my initial reaction in figuring out how I want to establish myself as a blogger. I hate to put a label on myself, but it has to be done. I am many things, but as far as blogging goes, I’m a writer. What am I trying to accomplish here? My ultimate goal is to share my writing with the world. It’s a cheesy and bold statement, but I can edit at any time, so I’m going to stick with the label for now.
I have realized that I have been going about this all wrong—the whole blogging thing. I thought I wanted to be a lifestyle blogger in the not-so-distant past, but what kind of lifestyle was I trying to promote? Being a mother, there are days when I want to make everything from scratch. Then I have days where I’ll break out something instant like hot dogs and mac n cheese (not a popular dish), or it’ll be a party pack from Taco Bell (the home crowd goes wild). I am a mixed bag. You never know what will happen until it happens.
I am a foodie, but I guess I wasn’t passionate enough about the experience. Trying the creative blog, I hit a wall where I would be anything but creative for long stretches at a time. I also tried to write about being an ultra runner, but after a decade it left me feeling less motivated to be that person.
The blogging conundrum provided me with this a-ha moment. One thing that is a constant in my life has been writing. So here I am writing about writing. I have a few personal essays I am adding to a collection called Belonging. Here are a few titles, White Rice Covered in Soy Sauce, Life in the Valley, The Photograph, and Relentless Forward Motion. I am also working on a science-fiction trilogy tentatively called The Somewhere in Between (more details to come).
It is frightening to put my take on the world out into the blogosphere. I feel like I’m this little tiny voice from Horton Hears a Who. Can anyone hear me? I believe it’ll be worth it. The exposure can be stifling, but there are far worse things to fear and that’s what I have to remind myself. In the future, I hope to share with you some things I have learned along the way in the hopes that it will help you out in your writing as well.